Drill now, safety later

After Obama realized the BP spill was an unmitigated disaster rather than a tiny hiccup in an otherwise smooth operation, he ordered a halt to drilling all new wells deeper than 500 feet. He wanted time to asses the danger posed by new wells and our ability to respond to future mishaps.

Unsurprisingly, oil companies are fighting Obama’s decision and have decided to challenge the moratorium in court. Why bother waiting for better safety procedures to be in place when there is black gold to be harvested now?

I read about the Obama v. Oil Companies fight in an NPR story filed this morning.

P.S. This was my favorite part of the story:

Oil companies say the government should have to prove there’s a threat before shutting rigs down.



  1. Ian

    Obviously if a well hasn’t exploded and killed 11 people and polluted the coast of multiple states, it must be running safe and sound.

  2. Chris

    When you put it like that, it actually sounds reasonable.

  3. Dylan

    Congrats to the oil and drilling companies on getting this reactionary ban over turned. Perhaps there is justice in the world afterall.

  4. Chris

    Yeah I saw that. It seems like this judge is putting far too much of a burden of proof on the government. Drilling companies should be proving to us it’s safe, rather than the reverse.